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  • How does collaborative divorce work?
    A collaborative divorce involves both parties having their own separate lawyers that work together to achieve a settlement that suits the whole family, avoiding going to court.  Having recently qualified as a collaborative lawyer (as well as being a Resolution Accredited Specialist in Complex Financial Remedies and Private Children), Katie Kilburn from the Stowe Family... […]
    Katie Kilburn
  • Financial order set aside after finding that wife obtained it by fraud
    Fraud in a financial remedy case In financial remedy proceedings, it is of course quite common that a party may be ‘economical’ with the truth. It is also not unusual for them to fail to make full disclosure of their means. However, there are very few reported financial remedy cases in which there is an... […]
    John Bolch
  • Supreme Court considers ‘divorce tourism’ case
    A case of divorce tourism I have written here often on the subject of ‘divorce tourism’, whereby a party to a divorce will seek to have the case dealt with by the courts of the country in which they believe they will obtain the most favourable result. Only last month I wrote about the Potanin... […]
    John Bolch
  • A Presidential account of our developing knowledge of child abuse
    Sir Andrew McFarlane’s speech on our increased understanding of the subject of child abuse Another week, another speech by the President of the Family Division. Last week I wrote here about the speech that Sir Andrew McFarlane gave recently to a conference held by the Support Through Court charity, in which he gave an overview of... […]
    John Bolch
  • A week in family law: Significant divorce figures, scarred children and a closed mailbox
    Significant divorce figures, or not  As I discussed here in this post, the Office for National Statistics (‘ONS’) has published its latest statistical release giving figures for divorces in England and Wales for the year 2018, setting out annual divorce numbers and rates, by duration of marriage, sex, age, previous marital status, to whom granted, and the reason... […]
    John Bolch
  • Acquiescence defence to child abduction
    As I am sure I’ve explained here numerous times previously, one of the defences to an application for the summary return of an ‘abducted’ child to their ‘home’ country raised by the ‘abducting’ parent is that the other parent acquiesced, either in the removal of the child from its home country, or in their retention... […]
    John Bolch
  • President gives overview of domestic abuse allegations in family proceedings
    Domestic abuse allegations in family proceedings Speech to charity helping litigants in person I mentioned here the other day a speech that the President of the Family Division Sir Andrew McFarlane gave a couple of weeks ago to a conference held by the Support Through Court charity, formerly known as the Personal Support Unit, which... […]
    John Bolch
  • Is divorce contagious?
    The grass is greener Over the years I’ve come across the suggestion many times that divorce can be ‘contagious’, by which I mean that you are more likely to get divorced if you have a close friend who has already ‘untied the knot’. I suspect that many experienced family lawyers have also come across this... […]
    John Bolch
  • Equal civil partnerships law takes effect today
    Another way: civil partnerships law extended to same-sex couples Today scripts a momentous occasion extending the remit of Civil Partnerships law by virtue of the Civil Partnership, Marriages and Deaths (Registration) Act 2019 which now provides by virtue of Section 2 (1): “To persons who are not of the same sex to form a civil... […]
    Naheed Taj
  • Latest divorce statistics may not be as significant as they appear
    Divorce statistics The Office for National Statistics (‘ONS’) has published its latest statistical bulletin giving figures for divorces in England and Wales, for the year 2018. The bulletin sets out annual divorce numbers and rates, by the duration of the marriage, sex, age, previous marital status, to whom granted, and the reason given for the... […]
    John Bolch